Remember Me Kuehne Starts Strong at Q-School

By Associated PressNovember 28, 2007, 5:00 pm
LPGA Tour _newDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Jane Park shot a 7-under 65 on Wednesday at LPGA International to take a two-stroke lead over 10-year tour veteran Kelli Kuehne after the first round of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.
The top 17 players Sunday after the fifth round will earn 2008 LPGA Tour cards, while the next 35 will receive conditional status.
Park, the former UCLA star who won the 2004 U.S. Women's Amateur, opened with an eagle on the Legends Course, holing out with a 9-iron from 128 yards on No. 10. She birdied the 12th, then had five birdies and bogey on the front nine.
'I just don't want to get ahead of myself,' Park said. 'I'm going to put my round today in the past. Tomorrow is a whole new day and everyone is playing on the same golf courses. I'm just going to go out there and try to do my best like I did today.'
Kuehne had a bogey-free round on the Champions Course.
'I got off to a good start and had a lot of chances today. The course was nice to me,' Kuehne said. 'But I have to keep in mind that this is a five-day event, and come out again tomorrow and hit fairways and greens and make my putts.
I'm here with the mind-set that I already have status, so that puts less pressure on me. I know that I have a place to play. I'll just play my best, accept my fate, and hopefully get through to the end.'
South Korea's Na Yeon Choi opened with a 68 on the Champions Course.
Russy Gulyanamitta, Sarah Lynn Sargent, Meredith Duncan, Carolina Llano, Sukjin Lee Wuesthoff and Jacqueline Yang shot 69s.
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The Top 17 (no ties) will receive exempt status on the LPGA Tour in 2008
1. Jane Park 65 (-7)
2. Kelli Kuehne 67 (-5)
3. Na Yeon Choi 68 (-4)
4. Carolina Llano 69 (-3)
4. Sukjin Lee Wuesthoff 69 (-3)
4. Jacqueline Yang 69 (-3)
4. Russy Gulyanamitta 69 (-3)
4. Sarah Lynn Sargent 69 (-3)
4. Meredith Duncan 69 (-3)
10. Adrienne White 70 (-2)
10. Ashleigh Simon 70 (-2)
10. Kristina Tucker 70 (-2)
10. Sarah Oh 70 (-2)
10. Liz Janangelo 70 (-2)
10. Hwan Hee Lee 70 (-2)
10. Su A Kim 70 (-2)
10. Yani Tseng 70 (-2)
10. Anna Grzebien 70 (-2)
10. Nikki Garrett 70 (-2)
Jamie Hullett 71 (-1)
Louise Friberg 71 (-1)
Nicole Hage 71 (-1)
Christina Lecuyer 71 (-1)
Hana Kim 71 (-1)
Jeanne Cho-Hunicke 71 (-1)
Christi Cano 71 (-1)
Clarissa Childs 71 (-1)
Sarah Kemp 71 (-1)
Beth Allen 71 (-1)
Virada Nirapathpongporn 71 (-1)
Leah Wigger 72 (E)
Danielle Downey 72 (E)
Amie Cochran 72 (E)
Anna Rawson 72 (E)
Angela Jerman 72 (E)
*Shanshan Feng 72 (E)
Becky Lucidi 72 (E)
Anja Monke 72 (E)
Maru Martinez 72 (E)
May Wood 72 (E)
Rachel Bailey 72 (E)
Sophie Giquel 72 (E)
Hee Young Park 72 (E)
Amy Yang 72 (E)
Emma Cabrera-Bello 73 (+1)
Misun Cho 73 (+1)
Jennifer Greggain 73 (+1)
Hanna Kang 73 (+1)
Jennifer Gleason 73 (+1)
Nontaya Srisawang 73 (+1)
Tracy Hanson 73 (+1)
A.J. Eathorne 73 (+1)
Sofie Andersson 73 (+1)
Simi Mehra 73 (+1)
Sarah-Jane Kenyon 73 (+1)
Taylor Leon 73 (+1)
Nina Reis 73 (+1)
Samantha Head 73 (+1)
Cindy Pasechnik 73 (+1)
Irene Cho 73 (+1)
Mandy Goins 73 (+1)
Hannah Jun 73 (+1)
Eileen Vargas 73 (+1)
Eun Jung Yi 73 (+1)
Brooke Tull 74 (+2)
Jennifer Ackerson 74 (+2)
Onnarin Sattayabanphot 74 (+2)
Na Ri Kim 74 (+2)
*Kristie Smith 74 (+2)
Kristen Samp 74 (+2)
Leah Hart 74 (+2)
Song Hee Kim 74 (+2)
Kelly Cap 74 (+2)
Sarah Huarte 74 (+2)
Janell Howland 74 (+2)
Allison Hanna-Williams 74 (+2)
Jimin Jeong 74 (+2)
Audra Burks 74 (+2)
Lee Ann Walker-Cooper 74 (+2)
Kim Williams 74 (+2)
Celeste Troche 74 (+2)
Yeon Joo Lee 74 (+2)
Catherine Matranga 74 (+2)
Nicole Jeray 74 (+2)
Lisa Fernandes 74 (+2)
Pornanong Phatlum 75 (+3)
Chris Brady 75 (+3)
Lori Atsedes 75 (+3)
Louise Stahle 75 (+3)
Whitney Wade 75 (+3)
Sae Hee Son 75 (+3)
Lauren Espinosa 75 (+3)
Michelle Ellis 75 (+3)
Paula Marti 75 (+3)
Paige Mackenzie 75 (+3)
Angie Hill 76 (+4)
Siew-Ai Lim 76 (+4)
Hana Chae 76 (+4)
Riko Higashio 76 (+4)
Caryn Wilson 76 (+4)
Caroline Larsson 76 (+4)
Jin Y. Pak 76 (+4)
Kelly Lagedrost 76 (+4)
Isabelle Beisiegel 76 (+4)
Kim Welch 76 (+4)
Beth Bauer 76 (+4)
Michelle Simpson 76 (+4)
Vikki Laing 76 (+4)
*Sandra Gal 76 (+4)
Sophia Sheridan 76 (+4)
Jean Bartholomew 76 (+4)
Joanne Morley 76 (+4)
Ashley Prange 76 (+4)
Dana Je 77 (+5)
Anastasia Kostina 77 (+5)
Song Choi 77 (+5)
Mo Martin 77 (+5)
Brandi Jackson 77 (+5)
Jin Hyun Kim 77 (+5)
Tiffany Tavee 77 (+5)
LeAnna Wicks 77 (+5)
D'Rae Ward 78 (+6)
Ashley Gomes 78 (+6)
*Manuela Maria Tarazona 78 (+6)
Vanessa Brockett 79 (+7)
Annie Young 79 (+7)
Lisa Ferrero 79 (+7)
Patricia Baxter-Johnson 79 (+7)
Natalie Tucker 79 (+7)
Shayna Miyajima 80 (+8)
Shinah Ham 81 (+9)
Danah Ford 81 (+9)
Lee-Anne Pace 81 (+9)
Diane Irvin 83 (+11)
Kiran Matharu 83 (+11)
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    Berger more than ready to rebound at Travelers

    By Will GrayJune 20, 2018, 9:54 pm

    CROMWELL, Conn. – Daniel Berger hopes that this year he gets to be on the other end of a viral moment at the Travelers Championship.

    Berger was a hard-luck runner-up last year at TPC River Highlands, a spectator as Jordan Spieth holed a bunker shot to defeat him in a playoff. It was the second straight year that the 25-year-old came up just short outside Hartford, as he carried a three-shot lead into the 2016 event before fading to a tie for fifth.

    While he wasn’t lacking any motivation after last year’s close call, Berger got another dose last week at the U.S. Open when he joined Tony Finau as a surprise participant in the final group Sunday, only to shoot a 73 and drift to a T-6 finish.

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    “It was one of the best experiences of my professional golf career so far. I feel like I’m going to be in such a better place next time I’m in that position, having felt those emotions and kind of gone through it,” Berger said. “There was a lot of reflection after that because I felt like I played good enough to get it done Sunday. I didn’t make as many putts as I wanted to, but I hit a lot of really good putts. And that’s really all you can do.”

    Berger missed the cut earlier this month to end his quest for three straight titles in Memphis, but his otherwise consistent season has now included six top-20 finishes since January. After working his way into contention last week and still with a score to settle at TPC River Highlands, he’s eager to get back to work against another star-studded field.

    “I think all these experiences you just learn from,” Berger said. “I think last week, having learned from that, I think that’s even going to make me a little better this week. So I’m excited to get going.”

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    Rory tired of the near-misses, determined to close

    By Will GrayJune 20, 2018, 9:46 pm

    CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy has returned to the Travelers Championship with an eye on bumping up his winning percentage.

    McIlroy stormed from the back of the pack to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, but that remains his lone worldwide win since the 2016 Tour Championship. It speaks to McIlroy’s considerable ability and lofty expectations that, even with a number of other high finishes this season, he is left unsatisfied.

    “I feel like I’ve had five realistic chances to win this year, and I’ve been able to close out one of them. That’s a bit disappointing, I guess,” McIlroy said. “But at least I’ve given myself five chances to win golf tournaments, which is much more than I did last year.”

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    The most memorable of McIlroy’s near-misses is likely the Masters, when he played alongside Patrick Reed in Sunday’s final group but struggled en route to a T-5 finish. But more frustrating in the Ulsterman’s eyes were his runner-up at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, when he led by two shots with eight holes to go, and a second-place showing behind Francesco Molinari at the BMW PGA Championship in May.

    “There’s been some good golf in there,” he said. “I feel like I let Dubai and Wentworth get away a little bit.”

    He’ll have a chance to rectify that trend this week at TPC River Highlands, where he finished T-17 last year in his tournament debut and liked the course and the tournament enough to keep it on his schedule. It comes on the heels of a missed cut at the U.S. Open, when he was 10 over through 11 holes and never got on track. McIlroy views that result as more of an aberration during a season in which he has had plenty of chances to contend on the weekend.

    “I didn’t necessarily play that badly last week. I feel like if I play similarly this week, I might have a good chance to win,” McIlroy said. “I think when you play in conditions like that, it magnifies parts of your game that maybe don’t stack up quite as good as the rest of your game, and it magnified a couple of things for me that I worked on over the weekend.”

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    Sunday run at Shinnecock gave Reed even more confidence

    By Will GrayJune 20, 2018, 9:08 pm

    CROMWELL, Conn. – While many big names are just coming around to the notion that the Travelers Championship is worth adding to the schedule, Patrick Reed has been making TPC River Highlands one of his favorite haunts for years.

    Reed will make his seventh straight appearance outside Hartford, where he tied for fifth last year and was T-11 the year before that. He is eager to get back to the grind after a stressful week at the U.S. Open, both because of his past success here and because it will offer him a chance to build on a near-miss at Shinnecock Hills.

    Reed started the final round three shots off the lead, but he quickly stormed toward the top of the leaderboard and became one of Brooks Koepka’s chief threats after birdies on five of his first seven holes. Reed couldn’t maintain the momentum in the middle of the round, carding three subsequent bogeys, and ultimately tied for fourth.

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    It was a bittersweet result, but Reed is focusing on the positives after taking a couple days to reflect.

    “If you would have told me that I had a chance to win coming down Sunday, I would have been pleased,” Reed said. “I felt like I just made too many careless mistakes towards the end, and because of that, you’re not going to win at any major making careless mistakes, especially on Sunday.”

    Reed broke through for his first major title at the Masters, and he has now finished fourth or better in three straight majors dating back to a runner-up at the PGA last summer. With another chance to add to that record next month in Scotland, he hopes to carry the energy from last week’s close call into this week’s event on a course where he feels right at home.

    “It just gives me confidence, more than anything,” Reed said. “Of course I would have loved to have closed it out and win, but it was a great week all in all, and there’s a lot of stuff I can take from it moving forward. That’s how I’m looking at it.”

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    Koepka back to work, looking to add to trophy collection

    By Will GrayJune 20, 2018, 8:53 pm

    CROMWELL, Conn. – Days after ensuring the U.S. Open trophy remained in his possession for another year, Brooks Koepka went back to work.

    Koepka flew home to Florida after successfully defending his title at Shinnecock Hills, celebrating the victory Monday night with Dustin Johnson, Paulina Gretzky, swing coach Claude Harmon III and a handful of close friends. But he didn’t fully unwind because of a decision to honor his commitment to the Travelers Championship, becoming the first player to tee it up the week after a U.S. Open win since Justin Rose in 2013.

    Koepka withdrew from the Travelers pro-am, but he flew north to Connecticut on Wednesday and arrived to TPC River Highlands around 3 p.m., quickly heading to the driving range to get in a light practice session.

    “It still hasn’t sunk in, to be honest with you,” Koepka said. “I’m still focused on this week. It was just like, ‘All right, if I can get through this week, then I’m going to be hanging with my buddies next week.’ I know then maybe it’ll sink in, and I’ll get to reflect on it a little bit more.”

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    Koepka’s plans next week with friends in Boston meant this week’s event outside Hartford made logistical sense. But he was also motivated to play this week because, plainly, he hasn’t had that many playing opportunities this year after missing nearly four months with a wrist injury.

    “I’ve had so many months at home being on the couch. I don’t need to spend any more time on the couch,” Koepka said. “As far as skipping, it never crossed my mind.”

    Koepka’s legacy was undoubtedly bolstered by his win at Shinnecock, as he became the first player in nearly 30 years to successfully defend a U.S. Open title. But he has only one other PGA Tour win to his credit, that being the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open, and his goal for the rest of the season is to make 2018 his first year with multiple trophies on the mantle.

    “If you’re out here for more than probably 15 events, it gives you a little better chance to win a couple times. Being on the sidelines isn’t fun,” Koepka said. “Keep doing what we’re doing and just try to win multiple times every year. I feel like I have the talent. I just never did it for whatever reason. Always felt like we ran into a buzzsaw. So just keep plugging away.”